James H. Sweet

Councilor, Research

James H. Sweet is Vilas-Jartz Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he recently completed a three-year term as department chair. He continues as the department’s associate chair in charge of alumni outreach and fundraising. Sweet is a historian of Africa and the African diaspora. He is the author of Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441–1770 (2003) and Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World (2011). Sweet currently sits on editorial boards of three scholarly journals and a book series at the University of Wisconsin Press. Sweet has also worked as a consultant for the National Geographic Society, The History Channel, Kunhardt McGee Productions (PBS), the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Mapungubwe Institute, and the Black Economic Empowerment Commission of South Africa. As a member of AHA Council, Sweet has taken a strong interest in promoting the value of our discipline as a pathway to a diversity of rewarding careers. The AHA Research Division provides a platform for projecting the importance of historical research in all walks of life.